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Astigmatism and Contacts

Blurry vision? Headaches? It could be astigmatism.

Astigmatism is one of the most common conditions we see at our practice. Often an inherited trait, astigmatism causes blurry vision for one of two reasons:

  • An irregularly shaped cornea–the clear, dome–shaped surface that covers the front of your eye
  • An irregular curvature of the lens inside your eye

In either case, the irregularity keeps light entering your eye from focusing properly on your retina, so your vision is blurry up close, far away and in between.

Eyeglasses are commonly prescribed to correct astigmatism. For our patients who prefer to wear contacts, one solution we recommend is the Biofinity® toric contact lens from CooperVision.

Biofinity toric contact lenses are made just for people with astigmatism.

Biofinity toric contact lenses feature what CooperVision calls “Optimized Ballast Design.” This design ensures a consistent and predictable fit on your eyes so you’ll have stable and clear vision across the range of optical powers in the lens.

It used to be that the only contacts available for astigmatism were hard gas permeable lenses. But Biofinity toric lenses are soft and comfortable. They let your eyes breathe and are naturally wettable, so they’re healthier for your eyes, too.

To learn more about astigmatism and whether contact lenses are right for you, give us a call to schedule an appointment. We’re here to help!


Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner at Advanced Vision Care – Nashville.